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Planet TV : A Global Television Reader - Lisa Parks

Planet TV

A Global Television Reader

By: Lisa Parks (Editor), Shanti Kumar (Editor)


Published: 16th November 2002
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From the 1967 live satellite program "Our World" to MTV music videos in Indonesia, from French television in Senegal to the global syndication of African American sitcoms, and from representations of terrorism on German television to the international Teletubbies phenomenon, TV lies at the nexus of globalization and transnational culture.

Planet TV provides an overview of the rapidly changing landscape of global television, combining previously published essays by pioneers of the study of television with new work by cutting-edge television scholars who refine and extend intellectual debates in the field. Organized thematically, the volume explores such issues as cultural imperialism, nationalism, postcolonialism, transnationalism, ethnicity and cultural hybridity. These themes are illuminated by concrete examples and case studies derived from empirical work on global television industries, programs, and audiences in diverse social, historical, and cultural contexts.

Developing a new critical framework for exploring the political, economic, sociological and technological dimensions of television cultures, and countering the assumption that global television is merely a result of the current dominance of the West in world affairs, Planet TV demonstrates that the global dimensions of television were imagined into existence very early on in its contentious history. Parks and Kumar have assembled the critical moments in television's past in order to understand its present and future.

Contributors include Ien Ang, Arjun Appadurai, Jose B. Capino, Michael Curtin, Jo Ellen Fair, John Fiske, Faye Ginsburg, R. Harindranath, Timothy Havens, Edward S. Herman, Michele Hilmes, Olaf Hoerschelmann, Shanti Kumar, Moya Luckett, Robert McChesney, Divya C. McMillin, Nicholas Mirzoeff, David Morley, Hamid Naficy, Lisa Parks, James Schwoch, John Sinclair, R. Anderson Sutton, Serra Tinic, John Tomlinson, and Mimi White.

"Everybody knows that TV is crucial to globalization. Now, thanks to Lisa Parks and Shanti Kumar, we know why and how television matters globally. With TV studies moving out of the classroom and onto the world stage, this volume is an indispensable passport. --Toby Miller, editor of Television & New Media

Introductionp. 1
Pulses: Historicizing "Global Television"p. 19
The Rise of the Global Mediap. 21
Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economyp. 40
Who We Are, Who We Are Not: Battle of the Global Paradigmsp. 53
Our World, Satellite Televisuality, and the Fantasy of Global Presencep. 74
Flows and Other Close Encounters with Televisionp. 94
Over the Air: Revisiting Western Imperialismp. 111
Media Imperialismp. 113
Is There Anything Called Global Television Studies?p. 135
Reviving "Cultural Imperialism": International Audiences, Global Capitalism, and the Transnational Elitep. 155
Going Global: International Coproductions and the Disappearing Domestic Audience in Canadap. 169
Monitoring: Television and National Identityp. 187
Francophonie and the National Airwaves: A History of Television in Senegalp. 189
On the Margins of the Constitutional State: Terrorism on German Television and the Rewriting of National Narrativesp. 211
Television, Chechnya, and National Identity after the Cold War: Whose Imagined Community?p. 226
Television and Trustworthiness in Hong Kongp. 243
Soothsayers, Politicians, Lesbian Scribes: The Philippine Movie Talk Showp. 262
Uplink/Downlink: Negotiating the Global and the Localp. 275
Act Globally, Think Locallyp. 277
Where the Global Meets the Local: Notes from the Sitting Roomp. 286
Embedded Aesthetics: Creating a Discursive Space for Indigenous Mediap. 303
Local, Global, or National? Popular Music on Indonesian Televisionp. 320
Marriages Are Made on Television: Globalization and National Identity in Indiap. 341
Channelsurfing: Imagining Transnationalismp. 361
Culture and Communication: Toward an Ethnographic Critique of Media Consumption in the Transnational Media Systemp. 363
Narrowcasting in Diaspora: Iranian Television in Los Angelesp. 376
Postnational Television? Goodness Gracious Me and the Britasian Diasporap. 402
African American Television in an Age of Globalizationp. 423
Teletubbies: Infant Cyborg Desire and the Fear of Global Visual Culturep. 439
Contributorsp. 455
Indexp. 459
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ISBN: 9780814766910
ISBN-10: 0814766919
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 470
Published: 16th November 2002
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.0